European Christian Political Movement

The European Christian Political Movement (ECPM) is the only explicitly Christian European political party that unites national parties and individuals from across Europe who share policies influenced by Christianity, generally following the ideals of Christian democracy. The member parties are generally more socially conservative and Eurosceptic.

European Christian Political Movement
PresidentBranislav Škripek
General SecretaryAuke Minnema
FoundedNovember 2002
HeadquartersBergstraat 33, 3811 NG Amersfoort, Netherlands
IdeologyChristian democracy[1]
Social conservatism[2]
Christian right[2]
Political positionCentre-right to right-wing
European Parliament groupEuropean Conservatives and Reformists[2] (Reformed Political Party, Christian Democratic National Peasants' Party; Hrvatski Suverenisti; 3 MEPs)
European People's Party (ChristianUnion, Family Party of Germany; 2 MEPs)
ColoursGreen and blue
European Parliament
5 / 705
Website
www.ecpm.info

The party was founded in November 2002 in Lakitelek, Hungary. It elected its first board in January 2005, and was registered in the Netherlands in September 2005. The first ECPM president was Peeter Võsu of the Party of Estonian Christian Democrats. The movement brings together over fifty Christian-Democratic political parties, NGOs, think-tanks and individual politicians from over twenty countries within EU and beyond. Youth movements are united in ECPYouth. The youth organisation started in 2004 and elected its first board in the summer of 2005.

During the 2014–2019 term, ECPM had six Members of the European Parliament: Peter van Dalen of Christian Union (NL), Bas Belder of the Dutch Reformed Party (SGP) (NL), Branislav Škripek of Kresťanská únia [sk] (SK), Arne Gericke of Bündnis C (DE), Marek Jurek of Right Wing of the Republic (PL) and Kazimierz Ujazdowski (PL). All six MEPs sat with the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group.

After the most recent 2019 European Parliament election, the party got 3 seats in the EP: Peter Van Dalen of the Christian Union, Bert-Jan Ruissen of the SGP, and Helmut Geuking of the Family Party of Germany. Peter Van Dalen sits with the European People's Party Group while the others sit with the ECR. A fourth MEP, Cristian Terheș, member of the Christian Democratic National Peasants' Party in Romania, joined the party in May 2020.[3] In July 2021, ECPM got a fifth seat in the European Parliament, when Ruza Tomasic from Croatia retired from her position and ECPM vice-president Ladislav Ilčić took her place.

HistoryEdit

The ECPM started as a platform in November 2002 when representatives of political parties from more than 15 countries decided to examine new chances for Christian politics in Europe at the conference "For a Christian Europe" at Lakitelek, Hungary.

The ECPM started with Christian parties and organizations, regardless of their denomination. Parties from within and from outside the EU participated in those first years and made it possible to create a movement that is steadily growing from one year to the next. In 2003 the ECPM adopted eight Guiding Principles in the Lakitelek declaration "Values for Europe", which shaped ECPM's vision of Europe. In January 2005 in Tallinn, Estonia, the ECPM elected its first board. On 15 September 2005 ECPM was officially registered with statutes as an association under Dutch law. In 2010 ECPM was officially recognized as a European political party by the European Parliament.[4] In 2014 ECPM took part in the European elections for the first time as a European Party. The ECPM board was chaired by MP Peter Östman from 2013 to 2016 and since 2016, by MEP Branislav Škripek.

FoundationEdit

Sallux is the official think-tank of ECPM.

Member partiesEdit

Full membersEdit

 
Countries with full and associate ECPM members.
  States with full (and possibly associate) member parties
  States with associate member parties

This table contains a list of full member parties of the ECPM.[5]

Party Abbr. Country European MPs National MPs
Christliche Partei Österreichs CPÖ Austria - -
Hrvatski Suverenisti/ Hrast HS   Croatia 1
1 / 151
La Voie du Peuple VIA   France
Christian Democratic People's Party KDM   Georgia Not in EU
Alliance C – Christians for Germany AUF & PBC   Germany
Family Party of Germany FP
1 / 96
Human Dignity Alliance HDA   Ireland
1 / 60
(senate)
Identity and Action IDeA   Italy
1 / 315
(senate)
Christian-Democratic People's Party PPCD   Moldova Not in EU
Christian Union CU   Netherlands
1 / 26
5 / 150
Reformed Political Party SGP
1 / 26
3 / 150
Integra-Macedonian Conservative Party   North Macedonia Not in EU
Right Wing of the Republic PR   Poland
People's Monarchist Party PPM   Portugal
Democratic Union of Slovaks and Czechs of Romania DUSCR   Romania
1 / 329
Christian Democratic National Peasants' Party PNȚ-CD
1 / 33
Kresťanská únia   Slovakia
5 / 150
Contigo Mas Mas   Spain
Evangelical People's Party EVP – PEV    Switzerland Not in EU
3 / 200
Christian Democratic Union ХДС   Ukraine Not in EU
Christian Peoples Alliance CPA   United Kingdom Not in EU

Associate membersEdit

  Europe

  Armenia

  Belgium

  Bulgaria

  France

  Germany

  Italy

  Ireland

  Republic of Moldova

  Netherlands

  Romania

  Serbia

  United Kingdom

OrganisationEdit

CongressesEdit

The ECPM organizes two General Assemblies per year. An annual member congress is held as well where specific themes are discussed. The ECPM also organizes regional conferences and other events all over Europe.

PresidentsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Costa, Olivier; Brack, Nathalie (29 April 2016). How the EU Really Works. Routledge. p. 120. ISBN 9781317120735.
  2. ^ a b c Nordsieck, Wolfram (2019). "European Union". Parties and Elections in Europe. Archived from the original on 8 June 2017. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  3. ^ "PSD a pierdut un europarlamentar. Cristian Terheș a trecut la grupul extremiștilor din Parlamentul European". www.digi24.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Grants from the European Parliament to political parties at European level 2004–2012", November 2012, from http://www.europarl.europa.eu/. Retrieved 25 January 2013
  5. ^ "Our members and associates". ECPM.
  6. ^ "List of registered European Political Parties and European Political Foundations". Europa (web portal). Archived from the original on 16 October 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2017.

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